Chick-fil-A Controversy Reaches Kansas Universities

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Monday, July 30, 2012

The national controversy involving Chick-fil-A has reached Kansas, where online petitions at two state universities are demanding the removal of the restaurant chain from their campuses.

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, during an interview with a religious publication last week, said he supported the “biblical definition of the family unit” when asked about gay marriage. Some groups have protested Cathy’s remarks and organized a boycott of the fast-food chain; others have offered their support of Cathy and his restaurant.

A petition to remove Chick-fil-A from the Rhatigan Student Center at Wichita State University had more than 450 signatures as of Thursday afternoon. The petition was created Wednesday by Katelyn Delvaux, a WSU graduate student, according to the online petition at change.org.

WSU contracts with Sodexo to provide food service on campus, WSU officials said in a statement Thursday. Sodexo in turn contracts with Chick-fil-A.

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